In 1819, Colonel Morisett, the Commandant at Newcastle appealed to Governor Lachlan Macquarie for permission to erect a windmill to grind flour for the settlement.
By the end of the following year, the mill was completed and was known as the Government Flour Mill. It's reported that during a strong wind it would grind 10 bushels of wheat per hour and as it was situated on a prominent hill was visible along the coastline. A guiding mark for the masters, captains and skippers of sailing vessels approaching the port of Newcastle.
In 1847 the Government decided to get rid of the mill and it was submitted to auction for demolition. It was purchased by a Newcastle resident.
Across the road, King Edward Park is one of Newcastle's finest attractions with a gorgeous Rotunda, beautiful gardens, spectacular views of the ocean bathes, beach, and Newcastle's CBD. I have fond childhood memories of rolling down the grassy slopes, playing cricket with a bunch of kids and eating some kind of home made cake or slice that mum had brought in the picnic basket. The park is a wonderful setting for family get togethers, outdoor weddings, picnics, exercising or a great backdrop for a photo shoot.
In summer the park is used as an outdoor movie theatre but if you're here at this time of year, like I am, than the chances are you will see the whales as they migrate north to warmer waters. Today I saw a family of 5 plus at least 7 others - some on their own and others splashing around together.